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New Book: Queer Conflict Research

Exciting news! Our Queer Conflict Research book is now published! We had a launch event for the book on 19 February.



Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume provides a foundational guide to queer methodologies in the study of political violence and conflict.


Contributors provide illuminating discussions on why queer approaches are important, what they entail and how to utilise a queer approach to political violence and conflict. The chapters explore a variety of methodological approaches, including fieldwork, interviews, cultural analysis and archival research. They also engage with broader academic debates, such as how to work with research partners in an ethical manner.


Including valuable case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates how these methods can be used in practice. It is the first critical, in-depth discussion on queer methods and methodologies for research on political violence and conflict.


You can purchase the book here and access the book, including some of the open access content, here.


Table of contents:


Introduction: Telling Queer Stories of Conflict – Jamie J. Hagen, Samuel Ritholtz, Andrew Delatolla


Part 1: Queer Approaches to Conflict Research


1. The ‘Queer’ in Conflict Research As Subject, Structure, and Method: Initial Epistemological Considerations for the Early Career Researcher – Samuel Ritholtz

2. Queering the Politics of Knowledge in Conflict Research – Jose Fernando Serrano Amaya

3. Workshop As Queer Feminist Praxis: Insights From Colombian Queer and Trans Women Organising for Peace – Jamie J. Hagen


Part 2: Queer Methods of Conflict Research

4. The Visual As Queer Method – Dean Cooper-Cunningham

5. Poetry as a Queer Epistemological Method: Disrupting Knowledge of the Lebanese Civil War With Etel Adnan’s the Arab Apocalypse – Andrew Delatolla

6. Queer Tools for the Ruthless Archive: Methodological Notes on Trans and Queer History for Doing Archival Research – Patricio Simonetto


Part 3: Queer Experiences of Conflict Research

7. Researching Queer Lives in the Shadow of Northeast Nigeria’s Conflict – Chitra Nagarajan

8. Entangled Intimacies, Queer Attachments: Reflections on Fieldwork With a Diaspora of War – Ahmad Qais Munhazim

9. Doing NGO Research With Diverse Sogiesc Refugees in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey: A Conversation – Zeynep Pınar Erdem, Charbel Maydaa, Henri Myrttinen and Helena Berchtold


Conclusion: Thinking (of) Queer Conflict Research – Laura Sjoberg


Appendix I: Guide for Good Practices for Researching Queer and Trans Communities in Highly Sensitive Contexts – Cristian González Cabrera, Erin Kilbride, Kyle Knight, Yasemin Smallens, Rasha Younes


Appendix II: “The Emotional Work Is Part of the Work”: Strategies To Maintain Researcher Emotional and Psychological Safety During Challenging Fieldwork – Maureen Freed

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